* Posts by Shades

702 posts • joined 27 Mar 2008

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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"Both share the same neat, trademark Xperia aluminium power button"

Stopped reading after this. When did a power button become "neat" and its material become noteworthy? Have things got that bad that this is now a thing? The only comment a power button should garner is if it is well positioned, or not.

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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Re: CAN you REALLY turn off those features?

Win95 that started I think. You could turn "off" the recent docs feature in the start menu but if you navigated to your user folder they were still there, being logged anyway.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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I don't see what the big deal is? Yes, they could have been a little bit more transparent about why they wanted the permissions in the first place, but at least they do have reasons for requiring the permissions. Unlike a gazillion other entirely pointless apps that require every permission they are capable of which morons still download just to hear fart noises!

By morons I don't mean the average El Reg reader, just the cretins who live on Facebook, think Flock Stars is good entertainment and send game request after game request for the latest "must play" PoS game! You know the type.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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A classic case of trading on security through obscurity. Thanks to the dullards* that are forever posting pictures of Michael Kors watches, D&G accessories, bottles of "champagne" (that a French tramp would turn his nose up at) on a night out, and their latest car - you get the idea - the shiny is a little less obscure and the chickens are coming home to roost for Apple.

*Otherwise known as Weekend Credit-Card Kings/Queens

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Sorry

Had to downvote your post about downvotes because, well, thats generally what happens around these parts. There's been many a time I've started to write a rant about downvotes on my posts, even on posts that contain simple undeniable facts rather than opinions, but then thought better of it. Its best just to ignore them.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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What a load of absolute bollocks! So according to your little list deaf people shouldn't really be driving?

"you can hear the motorcycle or cyclist you just ran over"

Being able to hear them once you've ran over them is a little bloody late! Correct use of mirrors and proper observations, like you should be doing anyway can prevent harming anyone that isn't doing their very best to end up under your wheels themselves.

"the person behind you trying to get your attention because your car is leaking"

Proper maintenance prevents, and regular checks alert you to, those sort of things, that and on-board sensors.

"or has a flat tire"

If you can't tell if your car has a flat tyre then there is something wrong. very wrong. Then again its understandable if you can't feel a deflated tyre in those over-sized wallowing barges you call cars.

"or hear the train coming on the train crossing you are about to cross"

I'm not sure how it works in the States (where I presume you're from given your spelling of 'tyres') but most rail crossing in the UK have some form of physical barrier and/or warning sirens and lights, or sometimes gates, which one has to get out of a vehicle to open. If anyone is dumb enough to cross an open crossing, without turning down their music and making proper observations, then they probably deserve their eventual Darwin award.

"and it's important to hear the engine to make proper gear changes on manual cars"

I don't need to hear the engine to know when to change gears, neither does anybody I know given the preponderance of manual cars over here. If you need engine noise to know when to change gear then its probably best you stick to the auto-boxes you're so fond of that side of the pond.

"the engine tells you if something is wrong when it makes an unusual noise"

Again, proper maintenance and regular checks will prevent this and unless you're driving a properly old shit-box then your car will have a whole array of sensors and warning lights/display that will alert you to the fact that something is wrong long before you "hear" it.

"isolating the driver from the machine is a bad"

Again, in practice, with regards to being able to hear "road noise", what is the difference between having loud music or being deaf? According to you being deaf would similarly be a "very bad thing" when it comes to driving.

"it requires all your senses"

Taste?

"you are not sitting on a sofa in your living room listening to your favorite music, sipping coffee and smoking a cigar like car manufacturers want you feel like when driving"

That may be how cars are advertised over there, not over here.

Your post sound more like a list of your inadequacies as an owner and driver of a "dangerous machine".

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Why is road noise that important unless you're driving like a complete bellend in an old "V-Tec just kicked in yo!" Honda Civic or some other ridiculous "I think I'm in The Fast and the Furious" motor on the public highways?

And engine noise? My car, even though it is a diesel, makes barely any engine noise (from inside at least!) at the best of times and its pretty much silent when cruising at a steady speed.

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2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift

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Re: Wait, nearly a ton?

"When the original (as you note) was only half that?"

The original was also half its size.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Re: How else do you insure added dealer profits????

"just different firmware"

Half the time it doesn't need different firmware, just different flags setting when the car is connected to the dealers computer. Why do you think car manufacturers are pushing for it to be made illegal to modify ANYTHING to do with any electronic system on a car? It sure as sh*t ain't nothing to do with safety like they claim, its so they don't have to go to the trouble of producing different firmware and so they can continue to charge exorbitant amounts of money for options which in reality only take the press of a couple of keys to enable.

I wasn't joking, a few replies above, about manufacturers implementing remote disabling either... just you wait and see!

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Re: "...doors can remain unlatched even when in the 'closed' position..."

I'm very well aware of who the person in the advert was and what the actual phrase was. What 'John Brown (no body)' did was to quote something I said, which wasn't the actual phrase and the only similarity was two words, then appended some nonsense as if it was the actual phrase and went on about the f*cking kiddy-fiddler.

It was a massively tenuous link to begin with and so why he felt it necessary to bring up that sick f*ck when we were on about central locking on bloody cars is a mystery?

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WTF?

Re: "...doors can remain unlatched even when in the 'closed' position..."

As that is not what a certain dead ex-DJ used to say I find the raising of that particular subject at this juncture to be a bit odd. Unless you were trying to be funny in which case you failed. Hard. Every time you hear the word "Kangaroo" do you awkwardly bring up a certain Australian TV host?

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Re: Car software

"Standard Service:

"Check for any updates recommended by Hyundai and perform these free of charge."

Well thats not really free, you're already paying for the service. Try seeing if they would update the software for "free" if they weren't doing a service and, especially, once the car is out of warranty (unless there was a product recall of course).

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Re: Car software

"What I don't understand however is..."

Try putting your money-grabbing-b*stard-with-no-morals hat on for a moment and think about it. You'll understand eventually.

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Re: Why?

Conveniently, for the manufacturer, the more "convenience", in the form of computer controlled everything, built into a car the more complex they become. The more complex they become the less likelihood of the "average" person attempting to fix vehicles themselves and therefore more, extortionate, visits to the dealership.

Just wait until the manufacturers program in remote disabling should you miss a service, or do anything not to their liking (like change a "coded" part), and you have to arrange for one of their representatives to come and collect it, put it into a "service" mode for it to be driven to a dealers for them to "rectify"... at your expense.

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Re: "...doors can remain unlatched even when in the 'closed' position..."

I'm guessing that your wife's new Peugeot may use a similar system to my car*, which uses hydraulics to engage the locks. That too makes absolutely no discernible noise other than, in my case, a reassuring 'clunk' rather than a 'click'.

* Not a Peugeot, but I received a myriad of childish downvotes just for mentioning the car I choose to drive. Not making that mistake again.

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Pirate Bay founders 'cleared of copyright crimes' in Belgium

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Re: downloaded?

That is true. But then one has to ask why, exactly, haven't Google, Bing and a few others been similarly brought to book? Are they not doing exactly the same thing albeit by one degree of separation?

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

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Stop

James Clapper

I wouldn't believe a single thing that lying fucking cockwomble says!

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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"And it was then that the first reports of a terrorist attack on Londoners"

I don't wish to demean (if thats the right word) the experiences of those caught up in the bombings but it wasn't really an attack on "Londoners" was it. London just happens to be the capital (psychologically important) where there is lots and lots of people in lots and lots of "confined" spaces (logistically/physically important). I doubt the bombers woke up one day and said: "Those bloody Londoners..."

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Chinese takeaway, hold the Google: Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android

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Re: Fixed battery, no SD slot,

Despite the fact that its actually the "Google Services Framework" that is required, not a "Google Apps APK", I don't understand why the reviewer needed to download a "dodgy" APK when the phones own Google Installer app prompts you to download the Google Services Framework when you try to install any actual Google Apps?

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Re: no sd slot..?

"How does Ted Tso, author of EXT4 work for Google and Android phones will not read EXT4?"

Are you sure about that? I mean, really sure? The Linux Kernel (at the heart of Android) has built-in support for EXT4. Most internal storage on (newish) Android phones is now EXT4. This is also why most (newish) Android phones, when plugged into a computer via USB cable, use MTP rather than USB Mass Storage mode... Windows (love it or hate it, but being the most used PC OS), out of the box, doesn't play ball with EXT4 hence MTP is in, hiding EXT4 from Windows, and Mass Storage Mode is out.

Also, variants of Android have used EXT4 for many years. I used to use a SD Card with an EXT4 partition to increase the "internal" storage of my (Cyanogen Flashed) HD2, which only came with a measly 512mb of actual internal storage. Cyanogen treated the EXT4 partition on the SD card as an extension of the internal memory for apps, while I could still use the main partition, as Fat32, to store files (and used generally as a dumping ground for all the crap apps downloaded/cached).

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Re: Oh well, nice concept anyway...

So much nonsense.

"you have to replace the entire UI"

The launcher appears to use localistion, apart from, oddly, the pulldown settings WiFi button, which is labelled "Gildas". The Settings menus all appear to use localisation. The main apps all appear to be use localistion and labelled in local language in the MIUI launcher. The only things that appear to be in Chinese (other than the stock browser) are apps that are specific to Chinese services, but would you use them even if they were in English or replace them with something else that you know anyway? Hardly the biggest hardship in the (phone) world.

"have to essentially replace it's back end loader"

Have to? Only if you want to use some Google services. And what you're actually talking about is the Google Services Framework; basically an API, not a "back end loader" that, amongst other things, all GApps use to talk to Google servers, rather than that function being coded individually into each and every app. It also allows you to sign in once and all GApps will work, rather than having to individually sign in to each GApp.

"And having to use a dubious-security third party boot loader"

Did you just see the words "boot" and "loader" once and thought you'd throw them in here? Again, what you're talking about is the Google Services Framework, which is not a "boot loader" and it seems the article is even wrong or the reviewer overlooked a little detail. There is a "Google Installer" on the phone which, when you try to install any GApps, tells you you need the Google Services Framework and prompts you to install it! So no dubious security, and no third party!

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Here's a tip: You know what I do when I don't know what I'm talking about? I STFU, ask pertinent questions or do some research...

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." - Benjamin Franklin

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln

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Bing Maps seen wearing creepy mask that makes it look a bit like ...

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Actually...

...credit where credit is due for once; the stacked/stored results seem a really good idea.

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Apple's iPhone 7 to come loaded with depth-sensing camera, supply chain spies claim

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WTF?

Demographic? That response to my response of your comment making no sense makes even less sense!

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Re: It will be an innovation if they can get it to work well

Obvious troll is obvious, 0/10. The HTC (depth) camera on the One M8 does exactly what it says on the tin and the 4MP main camera is one of the best that HTC have ever used, especially when it comes to low light situations.

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FAIL

Your response makes no sense. Why would the "usual shrill apple haters at the Reg" insist its an Apple invention? Own any Apple kit by any chance?

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Pluto plastered in what looks like 1970s orange wallpaper – proof

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Re: Small, or Far Away?

Small, far away

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Firefox preps processor revamp under Project Electrolysis

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Coat

"It is expected to launch in the main Firefox stable version 42"

So, in the next five minutes then?

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Interesting Legal Shenanigans

17 U.S.C. § 107

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright

I'm guessing this, and The Intercepts web host having the back-bone to brush off spurious DMCA take-down requests, is why the article hasn't been pulled?

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Hey Rob, Decrypt This...

GIVL UPI"

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Trollface

Re: Recycling

No, there was actual footage of that...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX7Yo0tWDgk

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Trollface

Re: providing the world's population with the protein it needs to survive.

"Meat isn't the most efficient way of utilising land to produce protein for humans. "

But it is the tastiest!

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Siri, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

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Not Just Notifications (Maybe)

"it will crash an iThing when it is displayed as a notification"

Anecdotally it would appear, on the 5C at least, to crash the phone when opening the messaging app too, rather than just viewing the notification. Then again, the phone belongs to the girlfriend of my nephew and, considering both are in their late teens, neither of them are that technologically minded so when they say it also crashes by going directly into the messaging app I'm not entirely convinced they're directly going into the messaging app.

Anyway, a factory reset solved the problem (until the next numpty sends the message again!)

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Facepalm

Laws of physics aren't suspended for F1...

" Premium “real-time track position” screens are a mere work of fiction (we have a TV, so can check ...)

Ignoring the app freezes and such I'm really surprised by the above comment, especially coming from a reader of a tech website.

Presuming the cars are tracked via GPS the car has to get its position, beam that to trackside receivers (or the teams own receivers), that then gets forwarded to local FoM servers (where its processed for the pit/garage screens) and then passed along to a data centre somewhere in the world. This then has to work its way to your ISP (and given that you could be on the complete opposite side of the world to the datacentre) and then who knows what priority your ISP gives that traffic before its squirted into your device.

THEN realise that the single practice/quali/race TV feed, produced by FoM, is delayed on purpose by FoM before its shared with the various OB trucks (that are used for pre/post race segments and muxing the commentary by individual broadcasters). From the OB trucks its then sent to the the respective broadcasters distribution centres before being sent on to local transmitters or fed back up to satellites before being piped into homes. In the case of syndicated broadcasts an intermediary hop can be introduced; like Australia, I believe, gets its feed from the BBC, which the BBC has to send to the Oz broadcaster before its distributed to homes by whatever means.

And the reader really thought the "real-time" track-position would really match the "live" TV pictures? One only has to look at remote interviews conducted via satellite on News broadcasts to see the kind of delay just one hop introduces.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Trollface

Re: equivalent

"happily ignored the very rare crash attributable to knob fiddling"

Is that not a different, but related, discussion?

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AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

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Translation

"He added China has been able to leapfrog other countries in terms of its tech developments, with the country's existing tech infrastructure being less of a "chore" to navigate."

Translation: China pretty much doesn't give two shits about Intellectual Property Rights.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: I am not an expert

Unnecessary obvious title is obviously unnecessary.

"I can modify the programming of my car door locks through the touchscreen"

You mean you can change a user changeable setting included in the cars design by the manufacturer? I realise you're trying to illustrate that some systems can be and are interconnected for convenience but what you are describing is far from "modifying the programming", you're simply changing a manufacturer included user changeable variable that tells the programming to perform a different, but predefined, function. What (allegedly) happened on the plane is, to continue the car theme, akin to hacking the cruise control via the USB port of the cars entertainment system and then making the car accelerate.

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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You're obviously new here. You'll soon find out about El Regs relationship with Apple. If this were Farcebook they'd be in a relationship best described as "it's complicated".

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Trollface

Re: Missing the point...?

"Are you being deliberately obtuse?"

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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Re: Non-Americans can sort themselves out. Sorry.

"If it weren't for that pesky bloody great fault that is the meeting-place of two tectonic plates, Iceland would be perfect!"

I guess geography isn't your strong point? Meeting place, as in the tectonic plates are coming together there? Actually Iceland would be the ideal place if you wanted to expand your data centre, but only if your expansion plans were VERY long term.

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Or

For those of use where the above YouTube video is blocked:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2lub20

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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Paris Hilton

You do realise Assange isn't actually in Ecuador don't you, or were you trying to be funny?

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Third Row Seat

"Buttons control the rise and fall of the seats for the little ones you’ll put in the back."

Cathedral on wheels or not, anyone who puts their kids (or anyone for that matter) on the third row of seats is a massive f*cking idiot!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4nMXcB7ffI

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MAYHEM in ORBIT: Russian cargo pod spins OUT OF CONTROL

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Re: Allowed?

I'm glad that raised an eyebrow for someone else too.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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"But the message is very clear from the United States"

And the message from the rest of us to the US should be very clear too: Go fuck yourselves!

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Google creeps up on another sector: Adds car insurance to Compare

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Pretty Sure...

...Google have been doing this for at least 3 years! Either that or I've imagined getting insurance, multiple times and often cheaper with the same providers searched by GoCompare and CompareTheMarket, through it!

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Desperate Dan hair (that has the strength of 3000 bags of beanos.)

"Stop mixing units: Desperate Dan was not in the Beano! (but the Dandy)"

I think that was the point? Sounds like I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects was a Dandy person rather than Beano. Personally I preferred the Beano.

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We don't need no steenkin' cabinet: Ericsson hangs base stations off masts

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Re: WTF?

I guess they mean the airflow improvements help keep the base station hardware cool in the small modules its now housed in behind the antennas.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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FAIL

@AC - Re: Alternatively

Your car analogy has to be the worst car analogy ever. I guess you've only ever bought a base model? What do you think an Options List/Catalogue is?

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French plod can BAN access to any website – NO court order needed

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Re: Re. Surpise, surprise

Have you been holding that rant in for a while and suddenly decided not to wait for a relevant article to be published? I'm struggling to fathom its pertinence to the post you replied to or the article in general?

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